A father and his son have been banned from running companies for a total of 18 years following an Insolvency Service*investigation.

The disqualification means that Alan Bertram (70) and his son, Mark Bertram (36), both from Newcastle, cannot control or manage a limited company without leave of the court.
Bespoke Orangeries Limited was incorporated on 8 June 2012 and Mark Bertram was appointed as a director.

But the company, which supplied and built orangeries, went into liquidation on 25 November 2014 owing at least ?101,422 to its creditors.

Following the liquidation, the Insolvency Service conducted an investigation and found that Mark Bertram had allowed his father to act as a director of Bespoke Orangeries between October 2013 and November 2014.

However, this breached the restrictions of Alan Bertram?s three and a half-year disqualification, which began in March 2013 following the failure of Orangeries.com Ltd.

Further investigations found that between 22 April 2013 and 25 November 2014, Alan and Mark Bertram failed to pay around ?43,000 worth of tax to HM Revenue and Customs, despite paying more than ?56,000 to other creditors.

And Mark Bertram had also failed to maintain, preserve and deliver adequate accounting records for Bespoke Orangeries.

Robert Clarke, Head of Insolvent Investigations North at the Insolvency Service, said:

While Mark Bertram was the only registered director of Bespoke Orangeries, our investigation clearly showed that his father was also acting as a director and this was in direct breach of an earlier disqualification.

These lengthy bans for father and son send a clear message that if you breach disqualification orders or allow others to do so ? even if it?s a family member ? then we will investigate you and you could lose the protection of limited liability.

Alan Bertram signed a disqualification undertaking preventing him from acting as a company director for a period of 11 years with effect from 9 February 2018.

Mark Bertram signed a disqualification undertaking preventing him from acting as a company director for a period of 7 years with effect from 11 April 2017.